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Danske Bank to introduce polymer £20 note

Danske Bank is to introduce a polymer £20 note into local circulation later this month
Marie Louise McConville

DANSKE Bank is to introduce a polymer £20 note into circulation this month.

Consumers can still use the existing paper £20 note, but these will be gradually phased out.

The introduction of the new £20 polymer note on July 20, is a natural follow on from the £10 polymer note Danske Bank launched in February 2019.

It will be slightly smaller than the paper version but will have a similar design and will still feature a portrait of Co Down born inventor Harry Ferguson.

There will be subtle colour and feature upgrades including a see-through section, holographic foil and a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted people identify the value.

Nicola McCleery, Danske Bank's Head of Transaction Banking, said: "In recent years the banking industry as a whole has been moving towards polymer notes as they are generally cleaner, harder to counterfeit and more hard-wearing than paper notes.

"NI consumers are already used to using various denominations of polymer notes, and the time is now right to complement our polymer £10 note, with this £20 note. As we’ve kept our design quite similar to our paper note it will be easy for consumers to recognise it."

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